Patient Spotlight: Diana Duran

March 5th, 2018 - Posted to Weight Loss

In 2012, Diana Duran decided to give herself a Christmas gift that was going to change her life for the better: bariatric surgery.

A Gastric Band procedure performed by Dr. Korman remarkably improved Diana’s life quality and helped her lower her 192 pounds starting weight with 48 pounds. She is now a healthy woman who likes being physically challenged by her active grandchildren and who no longer needs her Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to have a good night’s sleep.

Tell us about your biggest success thus far?

Not having to sleep with my CPAP machine anymore is definitely my biggest success so far. My nights are finally restful.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I have a busy life so remembering to drink more water and take my daily dose of vitamins can be pretty challenging. I have managed to create a morning routine which includes taking my vitamins and at work, I always try to keep my glass of water full. However, on the weekends my life is pretty hectic and drinking water is not a priority anymore. I’m still working to change that. 

What is your motivation for continued change?

Having to use my CPAP machine every day felt like a burden to me and I think that not needing it anymore motivates me to continue improving my health and life. Moreover, my two grandchildren help me stay active and I have to tell you that it feels satisfying to be able to keep up with them, physically speaking.

What is your favorite quick, go-to healthy meal?

My daughters suggested I try making overnight oats in jars and since then this has become one of my favorite meals. It is easy to make and you can use whatever fruits and oats you like. I usually just grab a jar in the morning on my way to work, along with a bag of walnuts or almonds to serve as a quick snack. 

What advice would you give to those considering weight loss surgery?

This surgery can drastically improve the quality of your life but you have to be mentally prepared to make some lifestyle changes yourself. It is true that the weight loss surgery helps people eat less but you have to gradually give up on your bad habits and start making healthier choices, otherwise it is all for nothing.

What is the craziest diet you tried before surgery?

I have tried a lot of crazy things in my desperate attempts to lose weight, from juicing to starvation, but I think that the craziest one was getting weekly fat-burning shots. I spent great amounts of money on such injections until I have realized that it is totally pointless since I would get back to my initial weight as soon as I stopped using them.

What was the best/worst advice you ever received about dieting?

The best advice I have ever received while I was struggling to lose weight is to eat any time I feel hungry but in smaller portions and to drink as much water as I can. However, the worst advice I kept hearing from everybody was to stop trying to make a change and enjoy life as it is. What those people didn’t know is that my life felt miserable when I was overweight. How could I have enjoyed anything when I couldn’t even breathe properly? I am extremely happy that I no longer suffer from sleep apnea.

What would you tell your former self now if you could?

I would tell her that the lap band surgery was one of the best decisions she has ever made and that I am proud she had the courage to make such a change for herself. Life is infinitely better when you no longer have to worry about the excess weight.